Champagne Silver Metallic Paint ($0); All-Wheel Drive ($2,000); Moonroof ($1,400); Navigation System ($795); 20-Inch Wheels and Tires ($250)
Naturally aspirated, direct-injected V6, gasoline
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
288 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
270 @ 3,400
Six-speed automatic with console shifter with shifter-mounted button
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Not much power down low; the V6 gets going around 3,000 rpm. Although with all this weight, it's never very potent; it is smooth, though. Upshifts are slow but subtle. There's a manual mode, but it still upshifts for itself at about 6,500 rpm anyway; doesn't hold gears. Manual shifting is via rocker switch on center console lever (only after the lever is moved to "L"). Also, it doesn't blip the throttle on downshifts.
Lots of nosedive, but pretty good straight stability. Just a bit of rear lockup and brake odor by the second stop and major smoke by the fifth stop. First stop was shortest at 126 feet; fifth and final stop was longest at 130 feet.
Skid pad: ESC cannot be defeated, but traction control can be turned off. ESC was minimally invasive and barely detectable. In fact, the traction control cutting in might have helped ever so slightly to keep the Enclave on track versus the TC-off runs. Regardless, plenty of body roll, major tire howl and overboosted steering. Slalom: Ultimately, at the mercy of the stability control system here. It adds brakes if you get too aggressive with your turning. There's a lot of sway and the steering struggles to keep up. Suspension feels overly springy as it rebounds from transition to transition.